Pressure and force measurement systems and sensors for medical technology
Tekscan™, Inc. manufactures and distributes a full line of pressure and force measurement systems and sensors. Tekscan sensors and systems are used across a wide range of applications within test and measurement, medical, dental, and retail; as stand-alone solutions or as embedded technology to create better and differentiated products.
Tekscan is based in South Boston, Massachusetts, USA and since 1981 has been at the forefront in the research and development of ultra-thin force and pressure-sensing technology used in a wide range of applications. The company has filed over 17 patents, printed millions of sensors while serving over 18,000 customers.
In the Medical field, Tekscan pressure mapping technology is used for investigating joint interface pressure and forces; evaluating efficacy of support devices, rehabilitation or surgical techniques; and analyzing human or animal gait. Tekscan systems are used by leading clinicians, hospitals and universities around the world to gather accurate, reliable data and improve patient care.
Improve Clinical and Research Outcomes through Pressure Mapping Technology
Biomechanics research is conducted in order to optimize movement, function, and predict the consequences of interventions like surgery and assistive devices. Whether you are looking for biomechanical insights to develop footwear, artificial joints, or gain a deeper understanding of human/animal movement patterns, information from Tekscan pressure mapping technology is essential.
By analyzing movements, forces and plantar pressure exerted by lower extremities, you are presented with objective data that visual assessments cannot provide. Tekscan empowers researchers/clinicians to easily detect asymmetries, develop injury prevention protocols, and optimize sports performance with a host of solutions designed to meet your unique needs.
Biomechanics labs are not the only place you will find Tekscan technology. These are some of the most common, everyday environments using pressure mapping technology:
- Footwear manufacturers using it in the development of shoes
- Clinicians in pediatric hospitals validating their treatments
- Orthopedic researchers developing artificial joints
- Professors using it as a teaching tool in the classroom
The applications are endless for Tekscan technology but it all boils down to the essential information derived from the technology.
Pressure Data Provides Insights into Lower Limb Biomechanics
With actionable force and pressure data from Tekscan’s biomechanical assessment systems it is possible to evaluate the following applications:
- Foot Pathologies, function and gait analysis
- Balance & Stability (sway) assessments
- Injury Risk and Sports Performance Evaluations
- Joint Analysis and Orthopedic research
- Animal gait analysis
- Seating & positioning
- Pressure Offloading for Wounds, Ulcers and Burns
- Foot mapping for retail
Strideway™ for Human and Animal Gait Analysis
Strideway is the first truly modular gait analysis platform in the industry. Strideway provides objective information on force and plantar pressure, plus temporal (time), spatial (distance) and kinetic (movement) parameters. Tekscan introduced the Strideway gait analysis system in early 2017, to the delight of many clinicians and researchers. With over twenty years of expertise developing gait analysis products, Tekscan engineers strived to simplify the gait analysis process in a modular, portable, customizable solution.
Strideway helps clinicians and researchers gain actionable insight into underlying gait abnormalities, inefficiencies, or imbalances which might otherwise go undetected. While other systems simply provide temporal and kinetic information, Strideway offers temporal, spatial, kinetic, and pressure data. Insights into areas of high pressure are particularly important to clinicians, as it can indicate areas at risk for ulceration, stress fractures, or pain points for the patient.
Strideway provides easy access to essential gait parameters from a modular tile system designed to collect the highest quality data. The unmatched quality of data from Strideway allows clinicians and researchers to provide better care and higher quality research.
F-Scan™ for Foot, Balance and Gait
The F-Scan in-shoe system provides unparalleled insight on the relationship between foot and footwear, helping users enhance assessments and validate treatments. The system is comprised of ultra-thin, in-shoe sensors that capture timing and pressure information for foot function and gait analysis.
The system collects plantar pressure and timing data throughout the gait cycle, as well as tracking Center of Force (CoF) trajectory during stance phases. Researchers and clinicians use this information to design and test orthotics, pressure offloading for diabetic feet and evaluating footwear and techniques for injury risk and to enhance sports performance.